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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Self-Published; 1 edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989223027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989223027
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Victor Saad is an ordinary guy who took an extraordinary leap - quitting his job to create his own Master's program through 12 experiences in 12 months that, together, proved to be the most challenging, enlightening, and transformational year of his life.

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Hi. I'm Victor.

I design and make things that bring people together to make a difference.

I'm a believer that relationships are the most powerful engines for change; which means that anything I've created has been a collaboration with talented, passionate individuals.

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Buy this book and put it on your coffee table.
Andy D.
If you need a pick me up in life, something to challenge you to better yourself, this would be the book for you to read right now.
Sarah
Also, the design of the book itself with all its beautiful graphics and photos is just plain fun to flip through.
Todd

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wrestleadove on May 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
This may look like just another pretty coffee table book, but--although you can judge the chic style of the book by its cover--don't underestimate the power of its content. Saad will pack you in his backpack and take you on a journey through hope and trials and risks and growth as he travels around the world re-imagining higher education and learning about social enterprise. Then he'll leave you standing at wide open road of possibilities and challenge you to take the next step (or "leap," I suppose) on your own journey. Whether you're in a transitional phase wondering where to go next, or stuck in a rut trying to get out, or just living life wanting to make the world a better place, pick up a copy of this book (and pick up another copy for anyone in your life that has ever been an inspiration to you). I was certainly surprised by how much this book got me thinking...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bertrand on June 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Leap Year Project: Learning to Risk & Risking to Learn.

I had the pleasure of meeting Victor Saad this weekend when he gave a presentation at a conference. Intrigued by his story, it was an immediate choice for me to sit down and read his book after settling into bed last night.

I'm a lover of education and this non-traditional means of getting a degree sounded fascinating.

From cover to cover, in a couple of hours, I was completely, holistically, spiritually, and crazily inspired to find away to make my dreams happen. In a world were the common is the norm, his dreams of doing something different stands out in the field of unconventionality and pure at heart.

A must read for those who love education and learning.
A must, must read for those who love to try something different.
A must, must, must read for those that dream of something that is bigger than themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Bjork on November 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
This may sound cheesy, but this book gave me inspiration to do and continue doing things that I was truly struggling through. Sometimes we get a little stuck in life, or come to a halt and need a little push… that is exactly where this booked helped me. The combination of stories from the different leapers mixed with Victor's story of his journey really is amazing. All I can say is this book is pretty dang great (if it wasn’t I wouldn’t be on here writing a review, as I am not a person that ever does)! What is even greater is being able to share this book with friends for the holidays. Talk about a good gift… I’ll just be paying it forward:)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Soucy on July 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
When I first started to read this book, I immediately realized that life is like traveling through experiences. This book is a perfect example of a traveler's journal and what he was able to accomplish in a year compared to what people normally seek in doing in a lifetime, while trying to find a meaning to life.
Today's academic structure and curriculums are too often disconnected to reality. People are searching for an alternative way of learning and do something meaningful with their lives. That is priceless. I have seen students in post graduate degrees around the world, revolt against the educational establishments because they know that it will not give them the tools they need to be creative, proactive and accomplish something meaningfull for their communities. This book is a window of what is out there, where everything is possible, if you want to learn it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd on July 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
When you make a purchase there's always the chance that you'll be disappointed. And with books the stakes are twice as high, because not only is there a risk that you'll forfeit the money you spent, but also the time it took to get to that point where you realized it wasn't worth it.

The Leap Year Project solves this dilemma in two ways:

1. The book is awesome. Victor's story is great, and better still he inspired a whole bunch of people around the world to "take the leap" and change the world for the better in their own way.

2. It's a collection of vignettes that fits the coffee table as well as it fits the bedstand so it's an easy book to read in bits and pieces. Also, the design of the book itself with all its beautiful graphics and photos is just plain fun to flip through.

If you like to reflect on bigger issues like education reform, or you just want to be inspired on a personal level, then The Leapyear Project is a worthwhile investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheri Hudspith on May 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the story of a dream dreamed. A dream spoken. A dream lived. I'm tired of the voices my age and older (I'm 45) telling people younger to fear that life will not be as good as we've had it. Lies! I'm overjoyed this voice is in the mix!

The Leap Year Project inspires me because it involves so many people. In fact, it feels impossible to calculate. The decision to the support a kickstarter project of a friend of a friend has been a decision that is changing my own life. May the circle increase.

This book/project helps you take a look at some things. What's stopping you? What do you want to learn about? What do you want to contribute? I hope it helps people take a first step of courage into what they discover they really care about! But maybe, even more importantly, I also hope it inspires all the steps of commitment and dailiness that follows that first step. If that happens, the world will be a better place.
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